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Gaining international experience whilst you are a student could make a big difference to your future career plans.

National and international companies increasingly look for graduates who:

You may be looking for a work placement, internship or vacation work whilst you are a student. You may have the option to study abroad as part of your course, or you may be considering further study in another country after you graduate.

Gaining global experience can enhance your prospects and help develop your skills whilst experiencing other cultures and perspectives.

Do your research

If you are considering working or studying in a different country, it is essential that you do your research beforehand.

As well as understanding how to find opportunities and the application process, you will also need to think about practical issues such as visas, wages and accommodation.

For detailed advice and information on the support available to you, read our Working and Studying Abroad guide.

Work and placements

First of all, take a look at our guide to Organisations Offering European / Global Graduate Training Schemes

There are also many job boards and vacancy sources which provide information about overseas opportunities. The following are just a few of the more specialist sites that are available:

  • Gradlink includes sections for China, South-East Asia (ASEAN), the Gulf, Canada, Africa, India and Bangladesh. Further country sections will be added in the future.
  • Careers Group, Jobs online - lists graduate jobs, schemes and internships
  • Go abroad - offer internship opportunities worldwide plus TEFL, study and volunteering

Rate my placement is a useful source of information gained from other students who have worked overseas.

You should also look at the job site Indeed. Using the advanced search or Indeed’s country specific sites can help you find worldwide student and graduate opportunities. 

Vacation work

For vacation work, there are several established global providers, including:

  • Camp America for paid summer camp opportunities in the USA
  • BUNAC who offer a range of student and internship opportunities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA
  • Season workers lists summer and winter season opportunities

Study Abroad

Your course may offer you the opportunity to study abroad as part of the exchange arrangements we have with over 100 partner universities overseas.

There are many postgraduate study options available to you.

Our further study section provides more information about UK and overseas opportunities.  

More information

  • Prospects provides detailed profiles on over 20 countries, with information on visas, local labour market, finding job vacancies, work experience and study
  • TargetJobs also provides country specific information on working and living abroad in including language requirements, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics
  • Foreign Office website offers information on visas, insurance, passports and current political climates on over 200 countries.

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